(May 31, 2019) Teams on 12 boats and one angler fishing from shore participated in the Ocean City Marlin Club’s 10th annual Memorial Day Tournament last weekend.
A total of $9,550 was distributed to tournament winners.
“All things considered, I am happy with the turnout. The weather hurt us a little – not as bad as last year though,” said Franky Pettolina, Ocean City Marlin Club president and co-director of the tournament. “It was a short window of decent weather Saturday, with a rough morning forecast that deterred people, and Sunday was not any good at all. It was basically a one-day tournament.”
All of the participants fished last Saturday.
First place in the bluefish division went to Robert Moroney, who fished from shore. He caught a 9.2-pound bluefish and received $500.
The Just One More crew took second and third with 7- and 5.8-pound bluefish. They won $540.
The Primary Search team came in first and second place in the tuna division. They landed 40.2- and 39.6-pound bluefin tuna, measuring 40 and 40.5 inches, respectively. The group was awarded $7,047.50.
The Hall Pass also hooked a 39.6-pound bluefin tuna, measuring 39 inches, to tie for second place. The crew won $1,462.50.
“I was surprised that no one caught an over 47-inch bluefin, but that’s fishing,” Pettolina said. “I was quite happy that a land-based angler won the bluefish category. He has fished the tournament every year so he deserved it. I think everybody caught something.”
The tournament will again benefit the Catherine & Charles Kratz Memorial Foundation and Scholarship Fund, which provides support, encouragement and a better life for veterans. The Marlin Club will present $1,500 to the organization through tournament proceeds and donations.
Charlie Kratz was a longtime member and strong supporter of the club.
“I wish we could give more, but I am happy with the $1,500 for a little tournament,” Pettolina said. “I’m hoping for good weather next year so we can have a better showing.”
The Ocean City Marlin Club’s next competition is the 40th annual Small Boat Tournament, June 15-16. Registration is scheduled for Friday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Marlin Club in West Ocean City.
For more information, visit www.ocmarlinclub.com or call 410-213-1613.